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The big reveal

November 23rd, 2018

Mirrored room

Courtesy David Zwirner, New York; Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore/Shanghai; Victoria Miro, London/Venice. Photograph courtesy Maris Hutchinson / EPW Studio

Extra! Extra! Did you hear the news? We’ve revealed the name of the Infinity Mirror Room by internationally acclaimed artist Yayoi Kusama that your donation can help bring to the AGO…forever. It’s an Infinity Mirror Room that hasn’t been exhibited at the AGO before. In fact, it’s never been exhibited in Canada before.

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Obsessed with Japanese Ceramics

November 23rd, 2018

Glass display case containing a Japanese ceramic vase with horses painted on it. Next to the vase is a watercolour paining of the same vase.

Photo credit: Toni Hafkenscheid

Imagine it’s the late 19th century and you’re a railway tycoon with a large fortune to spend on whatever you please. What do you do? For Sir William Van Horne (1843–1915), the American-born builder of the Canadian Pacific Railway, the answer was simple: create one of the largest art collections in Canada (at the time), including 1,200 Japanese ceramics. Over 100 years later, you can see part of this amazing collection at Obsession: Sir William Van Horne’s Japanese Ceramics on now at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto.

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Meet Martha Wainwright

November 23rd, 2018

Martha Wainwright

Photo by Carl Lessard

Our acclaimed speaker series AGO Creative Minds: Art and Survival comes to Toronto next week and we can’t wait! On Monday, December 3, American environmental activist, attorney, and author Robert F. Kennedy Jr., award-winning documentary filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal, internationally celebrated artist Brian Jungen and just announced – author and journalist Tanya Talaga take to the stage for a lively 90-minute discussion on how humans are changing the Earth and how art can inspire needed action. The evening begins with a compelling performance by Canadian singer-songwriter Martha Wainwright.

In anticipation, we spoke with Martha about her music, her thoughts on art and the environment, and what she’s got in store for us next week.

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A holiday gift guide

November 23rd, 2018

Brass reindeer and small evergreen tree

Image courtesy of Modern Sprout

The holiday season is coming, with its twinkling lights, parties and gift-giving fun. And that means it’s time to figure out what to give friends and family including the hard-to-shop-for person in your life. We’ve got you covered! This year shopAGO’s Members’ Shopping Week, which runs December 3-9, has amazing deals, exclusive pop-up shops and extended hours – all designed to make it easy to get something special for everyone on your list. Plus, if you’re an AGO Member, you’ll get a 20% discount on all regularly priced items. Not a Member? You can always join today.

Unsure what to give your loved ones? Here are a few unique gift ideas available at shopAGO:

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Links we’re loving

November 20th, 2018

Woman and man looking at smartphone, standing in front of a painting.

Image by the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Curious about what’s happening in the world of art and culture? We’ve gathered some of the most interesting art news stories making the rounds at the AGO. From the strange to the inspired, here’s what’s fuelling our watercooler chatter.

A small town in Sweden is relocating to more stable ground. And to commemorate the town’s rebirth, artists Bigert & Bergström created Solar Egg, a five-person sauna and public art installation in the shape of a large golden egg.

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Animals On the Brink

November 20th, 2018

Edward Burtynsky, Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier. AR #2, President Kenyatta’s Tusk Pile, April 28, Nairobi, Kenya, 2016. Photogrammetric augmented reality (AR). Courtesy of the artists.

With thousands of species endangered or on the brink of extinction, what will we lose when they’re gone? We ask this question in On the Brink, the fifth episode of our podcast series Into the Anthropocene. The podcast explores issues sparked by our exhibition, Anthropocene, which features stunning artworks by acclaimed photographer Edward Burtynsky and award-winning filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier that reveal the scale of human impact on the planet.

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